Teeth brushing is the most fundamental part of keeping a healthy mouth. For children, it can be a struggle. Either they don’t want to brush their teeth or they forget or maybe you even forget.
But it’s important that you instill the habit of teeth brushing early on. You are setting the pace for the rest of their dental health. If they get off to a bad start, it’s likely they’ll have a lot of dentist visits ahead of them (and you’ll be left to cover the bill).
So how do you make sure your child brushes their teeth? Like most things children don’t enjoy doing, you can try and make it fun. Here are a few simple tactics you can try out.
Let Them Choose a Toothbrush
Saying that there are a lot of toothbrush options out there is a bit of an understatement. Toothbrushes practically get an entire aisle at the store. So why not let your child choose their own brush? Sure, you want to make sure it’s a quality brush suited for their mouth.
But that still leaves plenty of options. Whether it’s their favorite color or it’s shaped like a cartoon character, having a brush that they chose will make your child at least a little more eager to brush their teeth.
Play Some Tunes
Music makes just about everything better. Why not play some fun music in the background during teeth brushing time? Now, you need to make sure their teeth are actually getting brushed, and that they’re not just dancing around the whole time, but you can still move around a bit.
For some of you, it might seem excessive to reward a child for something as simple as brushing their teeth. But in real life, consistent brushing results in many benefits. With a little reward system in place, you can help them understand this early on.
Maybe you set small rewards for each week of consistent brushing, with a bigger reward if they hit an entire month without missing.
It doesn’t have to be anything big. Just enough to keep them going. Try hanging up a chart or calendar that you can track together.
Try an App
Yes, there are apps for brushing teeth. They range from timers to games and more. Just open up the App or Play store on your smartphone or tablet and type in teeth brushing. You should see a nice range of options pop up.
Make Sure They’re Doing it Correctly
Whatever strategies you use, it’s important to make sure the main goal isn’t overlooked. You want your child to learn to brush their teeth properly. If they aren’t getting the back teeth or they’re hurting their gums, then they’re doing it wrong.
It’s up to you to guide them along. Speaking of….
Set the Example
Want your children to consistently brush their teeth? Make sure they know that you are consistently brushing and cleaning your teeth as well. Children are always watching your actions. If you’re not bothering to brush your teeth, they may start questioning why they have to brush theirs.
Of course, this doesn’t just apply to brushing.
As they grow older, it will extend to rinsing, flossing, regular dental visits, and even braces. If you want your children to have their alignment issues fixed someday, why not make sure you’ve taken care of your own?
Braces and Invisalign are more popular among adults than they’ve ever been. Whether you’re looking for braces for yourself or for your child, Cosmopolitan Orthodontist is here for you. Contact us today!